C. Kelly Robinson
An allegedly "nice guy",
C. Kelly Robinson is a graduate of Howard University and Washington University in St. Louis. In August 1999, CK self-published his first novel, Not All Dogs while still working in corporate America. Not All Dogs received favorable notice in Midwest Book Review and Quarterly Black Review, along with endorsements from such authors as William July (Understanding the Tin Man) and Timm McCann (Forever). Nationally distributed, the book did two printings and was selected as an English and Humanities course requirement at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
In October 2001 Not All Dogs was re-released by the Strivers Row imprint of Random House / Villard, under the new title Between Brothers. It has been a bestseller on CushCity.com and been favorably reviewed in publications including Essence, Publishers Weekly, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Having presented a unique portrait of Black male diversity, CK took a different tack with the 2002 release of the romantic comedy No More Mr. Nice Guy. No More Mr. Nice Guy went on to top the April 2003 Essence Best-Seller list. CK and his wife Kyra live in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where he is at work on the sequel to Nice Guy, The Perfect Blend, as well as another novel and a nonfiction project.